Sonoma is a quite the rustic town, one to easily fall in love with. Sonoma Plaza had some of the cutest shops and restaurants and my goodness the food and drinks were simply fantastic!
We first had pre dinner drinks at the El Dorado Kitchen….hmmm cocktails with names like Clear Conscience, A Vague Recollection, Truese or Dare, Pear-Ly Legal and Dark & Stormy…how does one even start choosing?
The cheese plate to accompany these cocktails turned out to be some delicious local cheeses I had ever tasted. It helped to have a server so friendly, he did not mind explaining the cheeses in detail…twice! But with names like Idiazabal, Bucheret, Carmody, Crater Lake Blue and Humboldt Fog, we needed it!
We were back at El Dorado Kitchen another night for these amazing cocktails. Yes I did tke a photo of the menu, to recreate a Clear
Conscience and A Vague Recollection at home. Well I can try right? A light dinner of truffle fries, Mushroom flatbread and that darn cheese platter we loved so much to accompany said drinks were just heavenly, and hit the spot after a day out wine tasting. To top it off, and to show the beauty of the service, the chef sent us complimentary crab cakes to apologise for the delayed order, making our eating experience here five stars instead of four. We did not even notice the delay with our cocktails to enjoy!
The Girl & the Fig holds true to their “country food with a French passion” theme. With their hidden backyard, the dimmed lighting, welcomed heaters and rustic look made it even more special.
The food…we still talk about the duck confit! Sadly it gave Olivier’s, my favorite duck restaurant in Paris, some competition. Oh boy,I can’t ever tell Olivier that!
The pan roasted chicken, the risotto…wow! Simply magical to the taste buds. Can I hug this chef for his French inspired creativity? The local Frick Cinsault wine was the perfect match for our dishes.
And Happy birthday to Kara! I had arranged a surprise birthday cake for my dear friend. Yes Kara I know, best thing you ever did was hire me, I know you always think that!
A champagne infused tres leches cake complete with purple sprinkles and purple butterflies for our purple loving friend. Who would not love that? Basque Boulangerie came highly recommended by the Girl and the Fig and did not disappoint with this cake. Delivered in time to surprise her at dinner. Down to the last bit of frosting that was licked away two days later, it was THAT good! Yes on holiday calories is the last thing we girls think about right? So thank you Paula @ Basque Boulangerie for recommending and arranging the logistics of this cake for us.
Pizza was all we wanted after a fully day of wine tasting. The Red Grape was the perfect place to get takeout and return to the cottage for a lazy night. Afterall we had bought enough wine to drink….and in the process, completely forgot to take a pizza photo! But it was all delicious!
Black Bear Diner was our lazy Sunday morning brunch spot before we set off for our spa date. Wowzers if you think their portion sizes is a force to record with, wait till you try their hot habanero hot sauce.
Me, the hot sauce loving Trini, suddenly felt like home. I did buy a few bottles as souvenirs. Who would of thought hot sauce could be super hot in quiet Sonoma.
Sunflower Caffe came highly recommended by Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-ins & Dives from the Food Channel. We were so trying it! We never got to try the lamb burger it is known for, but breakfast was equally amazing. Instead had takeaway for our drive to Napa but the omelettes, I could see why it’s a local favourite. The South of the Border omelette with Mexican spiced chicken and jalapeños hit the spot on the drive to Napa.
Yes no calorie counting! Rich, locally grown products used by all these restaurants made our food experience a memorable one. Not one disappointment!
What makes it more special was experiencing this gastronomic tour with friends who all love good food and a glass of wine. Lots of laughs over these amazing meals we hope to have again one day! Now onto planning the next 40th in a couple years…